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NIDA Funds Research on Cocaine Addiction Drug

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has agreed to fund a midstage clinical trial of a cocaine-addiction drug called vigabatrin, produced by Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc. The Associated Press reported April 13 that NIDA will fund a second series …

Progress of Arthritis Slowed by Moderate Drinking, Study Says

Moderate drinking could slow the progress of rheumatoid arthritis over the course of decades — not enough to make an immediate, noticable impact but perhaps beneficial in the long-term, researchers from Switzerland said in a new report. Reuters reported March …

Research Revived on Using Hallucinogens to Treat Mental Illness, Addiction

As memories of Woodstock-era acid trips fade from memory, researchers are revisiting hallucinogenic drugs as possible treatments for addiction and mental illness, the New York Times reported April 12. Researchers at Johns Hopkins, for example, are studying whether psilocybin, the …

Teens Expect Drinking and Driving on Prom Night, Survey Says

A survey of 11th- and 12th-grade students finds that 90 percent believe that their peers are more likely to drink and drive on prom night, but few think that the behavior carries a high degree of risk, USA Today reported …

More Integration Needed for Dual-Diagnosis Patients, Canadian Report Says

Canada’s healthcare system needs to better integrate addiction and mental-health treatment, which typically are treated separately and, as a result, ineffectively, according to a new report from the Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA). Researchers said that half of individuals …

Genes May Help Explain Why Nonsmokers Get Lung Cancer

About 30 percent of nonsmokers who develop lung cancer have an unusual variant of a gene called GPC5 that may make them more vulnerable to the disease, according to researchers. The Owens Sound Times reported March 22 that about one …

Calif. Ads Feature Cop Arguing for Legalization

The first TV ad released in support of a marijuana legalization question that recently qualified for the California ballot features testimony from a former police officer, the Los Angeles Times reported March 29. In the ad, Jeffrey Studdard, a former …

Nonprofits Expecting a Rocky 2010

Almost 9 of 10 nonprofit groups believe that 2010 will be as difficult or more difficult fiscal year than 2009, according to a new survey. The Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) survey also found that 80 percent of the more than …

Menthol Cigarettes Scrutinized by FDA

A discussion on the future of menthol cigarettes will begin at the first meeting of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, the New York Times reported March 29. Congress gave new tobacco regulation powers …

Heavy Drinkers Engage in Array of Unhealthy Behaviors

New research suggests that heavy drinking is just one part of a constellation of unhealthy and unwise behaviors, HealthDay News reported March 26. Researchers who surveyed 7,884 hospital patients in Oregon and Washington found that risky drinkers — those who …